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Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University

Thomas Zeitzoff (NYU PhD, 2013) is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. His research focuses on political violence and political psychology. He is particularly interested in the effects of social media and exposure to violence on political attitudes, why individuals fight, and how leaders mobilize supporters for conflict or peace. His uses survey and experimental methods drawn from social psychology and behavioral economics, along with large-N analysis. As part of his research he has conducted fieldwork and survey research in Israel, Mexico, Georgia, Ukraine, and Turkey. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Electoral Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Journal of Conflict Resolution, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, and the American Political Science Review. His new book focuses on why politicians in the U.S., Ukraine, and Israel engage in nasty politics.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, American University